FRANK LAMPARD has been tipped to become the next Chelsea women’s manager.
Legendary boss Emma Hayes will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season to take over as USA women’s head coach.
That will cap off a glittering 12-year stint for Hayes who won a staggering six Women’s Super League titles, five Women’s FA Cups, two Continental Cups, the Spring Series and the Community Shield.
The Blues are now rigorously searching for the 47-year-old’s replacement, who will surely have some massive boots to fill.
However, former England international Izzy Christiansen is adamant Lampard would be the perfect candidate.
That is because the men’s team’s record goalscorer knows the club inside out and his character would lead to a smooth transition to a new and prosperous era.
Christiansen told Live Score: “I do have a name in mind but I’ve never heard anyone throw it out there… Frank Lampard.
“He’s somebody who knows the club inside out. From my experiences at Everton, listening to him speak, he’s the right type of character.
“His level of communication and knowledge of the game could be really effective and I think you’ve got someone well accustomed with what it means to be Chelsea.
“I don’t have any knowledge on whether he’d want it or not but it makes sense to me.
“To be honest, I sit in a party where it doesn’t have to be a female, doesn’t have to be a male — it just needs to be the right person for the job.
“There’s no gain in Chelsea going, ‘Right, let’s pigeonhole this, it has to be a female’.
“If they want to continue or attempt to continue the dominance they’ve had domestically, it has to be the correct appointment.”
That would mark Lampard’s third return to Stamford Bridge after his stunning 13-year playing career came to an end in 2014.
The legendary midfielder first came back as manager in 2019 and enjoyed a successful debut season as the Blues finished fourth despite a transfer embargo.
However, the 45-year-old tactician’s second season was marred by poor results and he was swiftly replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who went on to win the Champions League.
Lampard returned as caretaker boss in April for an abysmal second stint that saw him losing eight out of 11 matches, of which he won only one before his departure in June.